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Beware: virus spreads from Microsoft update

Date: April 10, 2005
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: CCRC staff

Anti-virus experts at Sophos are warning users to be wary of an email campaign currently in circulation which poses as a security update from Microsoft. The email appears to be from Windows Update, and may include subject lines such as "Update your windows machine", "Urgent Windows Update", and "Important Windows Update".

The body of the email contains a link which would appear to take the user to the Windows Update site, but actually takes users to a site controlled by the people behind the email campaign. Visiting the website and attempting to download the so called updates results in the user being infected by the Troj/DSNX-05 Trojan horse, which allows hackers to take remote control of the infected PC.

There is an e-mail scam going around that appears to be a message from Microsoft warning Windows users of a security update which turns out to be a virus.

If the user clicks the link in the message which goes to a fake Windows web site, their computer will be infected with a "Trojan horse" program giving hackers access to their PCs.

"This criminal campaign exploits the public's rising paranoia about the security of their Windows computers. If users fall for it they may put themselves at risk of being spied upon or having their credit card and online banking details stolen," said Sophos senior technology consultant Graham Cluley.

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2005-11-02 12:56:26 - Thank you for the info! Philip
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